Coming on the heels of a conference championship, the Waterloo High School boys track team placed third in the Class 2A Carterville Sectional this past weekend.
While they were just one placing short of advancing as an entire team, the Bulldogs will still be well-represented at state.
The 4×400 meter relay team of Noah Hays, Blake Rusteberg, Jon Kreher and Dawson Holden placed second to advance to state. This year’s team currently holds the school record in the event and is ranked third in the entire state.
Hays also advanced to state by placing third in the 400-meter run at the sectional with a time of 50.71 seconds.
Greysan Moehrs, who went to state last year, placed second in the 110-meter high hurdles to advance to state once again. He missed advancing in the 300-meter hurdles by one second.
“I think he has a good chance to medal at state,” WHS track coach Larry Huffman said. “He’s hoping for a top five finish.”
Moehrs has signed on to run track at NCAA Division I Southeastern Louisiana University.
Waterloo’s 4×100 and 4×200 broke their own school records at the sectional but failed to qualify for state. Cahokia won the sectional and is considered a favorite to win at state.
“This is definitely one of the best all-around track teams we have had here in many years,” Huffman said.
Waterloo freshman Donovan McBride also advanced to state in multiple events of the wheelchair division.
In Class 1A, Dupo’s Antonio Cozart placed second at the Nashville Sectional with a time of 16 seconds in the 110 meter high hurdles to also advance to state. He went to state last year in the same event.